Miami Dolphins: 5 Things to Know about DE Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn has been one of the NFL’s most feared pass rushers, when healthy. (Getty Images).

The Miami Dolphins pulled off what could end up as a very strong trade with the Los Angeles Rams last week, sending a fourth-round pick and swapping sixth-round picks for defensive end Robert Quinn.

The Dolphins now have an excellent rotation of pass-rushing defensive ends in Quinn, Cam Wake, Charles Harris and Andre Branch. According to ESPN, the Browns and Bucs were both in on Quinn before executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum executed a deal.

Here are some things to know about Miami’s newest acquisition:

  1. Quinn was drafted by the St. Louis Rams with the 14th pick in the 2011 draft, after starring at North Carolina, which he chose over Alabama and Auburn. Quinn played high school football in South Carolina. Quinn overcame brain surgery for a benign tumor in his senior year of high school. As a sophomore at North Carolina, Quinn had 19 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. He was ruled ineligible as a junior after an NCAA investigation concluded he lied about receiving travel accommodations and jewelry.
  2. Quinn, 27, was a Pro Bowler with the Rams in 2013 and 2014, recording 19.0 and 10.5 sacks and 7 and 5 forced fumbles. Opposite Wake, Miami would field the two best sack-strippers in recent league history. Injuries limited Quinn to 17 games in 2015 and 2016, but he bounced back to play 15 last season, with 8.5 sacks. Quinn was traded, in part, because he’s more of a fit as pass-rusher in Miami’s 4-3 “Wide 9” scheme then as a linebacker in the Rams’ scheme. Quinn can also play some defensive tackle on third downs.
  3. In 2007, Quinn was told by doctors he had a tumor growing on the right side of his brain, just above his forehead, that could eventually kill him. Quinn told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “It was kind of like that Boobie Miles moment (in the movie “Friday Night Lights”) when they told him he would never play football again. I looked at my mom and just lost it.” Quinn underwent an operation to shrink the tumor and reduce the swelling to his brain.
  4. Quinn’s 2015 season ended after eight games due to back surgery. Quinn returned but played only nine games in 2016 due to a series of injuries. Quinn admitted himself to a hospital in November of 2016 after experiencing seizure-like symptoms that he later said was due to dehydration. He missed two games while in concussion protocol. According to the Los Angeles times, Quinn provided “leadership” in a healthy return in 2017.
  5. Quinn’s sister, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, advanced to the semifinals of the 100-meter hurdles at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Quinn attended as Jasmine competed for Puerto Rico, where her mother was born.  Robert’s father James Quinn, nearly qualified for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team as a hurdler. Quinn’s mother, Maria, was a college sprinter.

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